Non-conviction for client charged with mid-range PCA

Our Mr Francis Caesar Devine, Criminal Law Solicitor, recently achieved a non-conviction for a client charged with mid-range PCA (also known as drink driving or DUI).

Whilst our client did have a strong subjective case, it is important to remember that Courts do not take drink driving offences lightly and often emphasise the need for general deterrence – that is, punishing an offender in a way that would deter other people from committing a similar offence. This partly explains why only less than 15% of those sentenced for a mid-range PCA offence result in a non-conviction. On that basis, Mr Devine prepared our client’s case knowing that seeking a non-conviction would be an uphill battle.

By presenting our client’s case in a clear and logical manner, with reference to various principles of sentencing law, Mr Devine persuaded the Magistrate to impose a non-conviction. This means that our client will not have a criminal record. She will also keep her licence.

Walking into Court, our client was expecting the worse, but she walked out feeling relieved and overwhelmed by the most favourable outcome!

Going to court? Call Francis today for a confidential discussion on 02 4324 5688 or contact us online.

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